Area Manager International NGO Careers – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:         Area Manager
Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent,
humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more
than 36 countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees
and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable
solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian
principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on
Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
Job Summary: The Area
Manager will ensure quality implementation of projects, ensure compliance to
financial and administrative procedures for the project, and responsible for
the planning and implementation of adequate security precautions within the
programme area to ensure the safety of all staff and assets.  The Area Manager represents the Danish
Refugee Council in Kiryandongo and has the direct responsibility for the
management, implementation and continued development of the DRC outputs and
activities. The Area Manager refers and reports to the Country Director in
general policy matters, strategy development, external relations,
administrative guidelines and personnel regulation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Management
  • Supervise effective, efficient and timely
    implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets,
    policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements;
  • Prepare project work plans in accordance
    with annual planning and funding cycles;
  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is
    collected, compiled, analyzed and distributed and that relevant
    assessments are conducted in the project area;
  • Provide regular internal and external
    reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy
    matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules;
  • Provide input for the continued
    development of a sustainable strategy for DRC’s multi-sectoral assistance
    in Kiryandongo.
Administration and Personnel Management
  • Supervise budgeting and project
    expenditures, and prepare financial reports with assistance from the
    Grant- and Finance Managers;
  • Supervise project human resources in the
    field and at offices, and co-manage shared human resources with other
    programme. This includes further development of staff job descriptions,
    their training and monitoring, and recruitment;
  • Implement and monitor, and where necessary
    revise implementation of DRC administrative guidelines and -policies,
    safety– and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks
    associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations;
  • Be responsible for organizational
    development for the project, including staff assessments.
External relations 
  • Maintain close relations with all relevant
    stakeholders including the donor and UN agencies, officials of the Office
    of the Prime Minister, district- and sub-county authorities, other donor
    representatives, INGOs, NGOs and CBOs;
  • Participate in the relevant sector
    coordination meetings in the field and ensure DRC’s inputs to development
    of assistance modalities that adheres to humanitarian principles and other
    international frameworks that DRC has subscribed to.
  • In consultation with the Country Director
    and Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct and timely
    narrative and financial reporting to donor(s);
  • Together with the Head of Programs,
    identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Assist the Head of Program to plan and
    develop concept papers, budgets and project proposals;
  • Ensure effective coordination and
    visibility to the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and
    development actors and relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee
    Council (DRC) Area Manager job placement should hold an advanced
    University Degree in Human Rights, Social Science or related field or
    equivalent practical experience 
  • Five years’ experience in programme
    development and implementation in emergency context, including quality
    monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Experience in a country-level senior
    management/coordination position
  • Experience working in refugee operations
    in more than one context
  • Relevant technical expertise/experience in
    some sectors of humanitarian programming such as shelter,
    livelihoods/resilience, and protection, etc.
  • Proven ability to build external
    relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and
    demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support
    multi-sector programmes including operational planning and problem
  • Demonstrated experience of people
    management and team-building. 
  • Demonstrated experience of financial and
    asset management including multi-donor programming
  • Demonstrated ability to undertaken
    representation with senior government officials.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
    in English
  • Strong analytical capacity for programme
    design and development.
  • Ability to work independently and as part
    of a team
  • Proficiency in computer packages and
    financial software i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc.
  • Must show ability to work in an isolated
    and challenging environment.
  • The desired candidate must be able to
    conceptualize and articulate DRC vision and have the strong oral and
    written communication skill required to translate the vision into tangible
  • Previous experience and understanding of
    refugee and displacement issues is an advantage and ideally the candidate
    will have a good understanding of the region.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join Danish
Refugee Council (DRC) are encouraged to apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 19th March 2018
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